Thursday, December 20, 2012


Paul gets the ball rolling
Wednesday, December 12.... 12.12.12  We arrive at Alternative Resources and was greeted by Paul, the fearless leader of AR. 

We how have a Sioux Falls, S. D. address!   

The two front office workers were constantly busy answering the phones.  Many questions come in and courteous answers go out!  
It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Alternative Resources!  

I was surprised to see how many people use their mail forwarding services.  

U. S. diplomats get their mail from the United States by using a mail forwarding company.  I guess we are in good company. 

Karen at Alternative Resources
Our thanks goes out to all the bloggers that suggested A.R.  

We had a couple of glitches, but with Karen's help and a few cell phone calls back to Indiana and Kentucky, where we purchased our Tiffin), things began to work out.  

Faxes raced from South Dakota, to Indiana, Kentucky and Georgia.  Questions were quickly answered and we will receive our license plates and registration in the mail soon.  

Goodbye Snow!  California, we Are on Our Way
We obtained our driver's license with our ugly mug shots and off we went.  We told the campground they could keep the snow and left for warmer climes.  

The Natives are Restless
The trip back into Iowa, Nebraska then to Oklahoma was uneventful.  Maybe I should say boring?  You can see here that Noah and Olivia were so bored that a dog, cat wrestling match entertained John and I.  

The highlight of the drive?  Wind.  It was trying to push us back to South Dakota, but we prevailed.  We were in search of sunshine, warm air and palm trees.

But first, we had to drive through Texas!  Texas has many dust storms.  Dust can make your throat dry and you can sneeze over and over!  Excuse me, Bless you were the words most spoken.

Horizon meets the ground....dust storm

At one point, it seemed to be clear, but we could not see the sky ahead.  The dusty camouflaged the sky and horizon.  

We took Sunday off.  John stayed in all day and the only times I went out was to take the Oliver and Olivia out to do their duties.  The wind was so bad that they did not want to be out there any more than I.  I did learn to use the motorhome as a  wind break.  Now that made life more pleasant.  
Got Gas?

The rigs drilling for natural gas were doing their work, but  We seemed to be too far north to see any oil rigs.  

We have seen a few of these in Southern Indiana.  

Our first day in New Mexico offered contrast to our travels.  I enjoy the diversity our country has to offer.  Diversity not only in scenery, but also people.   

It seems the construction of the interstate almost destroyed this little building.  I am so glad that it did not.  This picture does not do it justice. 

We drove later than usual Monday.  It was dark and we could see lights across the horizon.  I kept trying to remember the name of a movie that had a scene similar.  

When we pulled into Roswell, New Mexico and saw all the UFO hype in business windows and on the marquee of the theater
Has Anyone Seen ET in Roswell, NM?

Artwork at Underpasses near Roswell, NM
Roswell, New Mexico was a hoot!  Their movie theater is named the UFO.  Wal Mart welcomes their guests with artwork of space creatures.    Alien artwork even graced the underpasses of the interstate.  I never did see ET though.

Leaving Roswell sent us in search of White Sands National Monument Tuesday morning.  

Desert White Sands in the Horizon-miles and miles away.

Again, across the horizon I saw this white line. Neither John nor I could decide if it was Desert White Sands. 

Visitor's Center Sign

We toured the visitor's center, read the information on display, then decided to drive loop tour of the dunes. 

Desert White Sands National Monument
The visitor's center was educational.  The volunteer was eager to answer our questions and guide us to the places that she considered essential to see on the tour.  

The Dunes of  White Sands New Mexico
White Sand tries to Occupy the Road
The Dunes
Adaptable Vegetation in White Sands

More Dunes
White Sands New Mexico
What a Beautiful Place
Wind Blown Dunes Through Streaky Windshield

White Sand as Far as The Eye Can See
Wind's Art in the Sand
Plants and wild life have, over the years adapted to the harsh living conditions.  They thrive in the high desert of White Sands New Mexico.

Hardy Plants Adapt to the High Desert - Over 5000 ft.
A Yucca Tries it's Best to Survive

Young Yucca

The Yucca will try to survive by increasing it's root system upward as the white sands grow higher around the plant.  But after a few years it will not be able to pull enough moisture from the earth and will die.  

Other plant life has a deeper root system and will be able to survive longer, but the dunes keep moving and occupying more of the desert floor.  

High winds were expected the next day.  We knew that the scenery would change and we wanted to stay for another day.  We will be back.  I am sure that we will not be able to recognize what we left behind yesterday.  

Oliver Finally is Able to Run!
The fur kids, for the first time since we left Indiana, were able to run without the encumbrance of a lead.  They ran and jumped on each other and ran some more.  They played tag and hide and seek.
Olivia Looking for Wildlife

The sand is packed so that their footsteps sounded like horses galloping.  It was just downright cool!
John Climbs a Dune in White Sands, N.M. 
Just seven months after John was on life support and then back in the hospital over Thanksgiving, he is out climbing the dunes.  God it good.  

Of Course, He Must Look for Rocks

Oh yes,  he is always on the lookout for rocks.  He even had a trip planned for yesterday to visit the Rockhound State Park in Arizona.

I believe this man is like the plants at White Sands National Monument.  He digs deep and has his roots firmly planted in God.  This day has made Christmas even more special for us this year.  

The End of Our Day at White Sands, N. M.  

We left White Sands knowing that we will return.  Soon.  

The perfect ending to a perfect day!  

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God bless you all in your travels and you all that are enjoying your homes.  


  1. So happy that things are going well for you, except for the wind. Those white sands are almost unimaginable, so I'm glad you included pictures. The one of your new motorhome and the tow car in the middle of the white sand was my favorite! Travel safely on to San Diego! (I know what you mean about finding the sun--same story with us!)

  2. Finally you're getting down to the land of sun. Maybe not very warm but at least the sun is shining. We love New Mexico. Wish it wasn't so cold in the winter time. White Sands is just an incredible place. And we loved Roswell. Travel safe and God bless.

  3. The white sands are so beautiful, I wish I were there. Instead of white sands, we have white snow today. It really is looking a lot like Christmas! :)

  4. Oh shoot! When you went from Roswell to the White Sands, you went through Ruidoso! That's where I am!! I actually live about 17 miles NW, but I work in Ruidoso. Next time, let me know, and we can have lunch or at least coffee!


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